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Paramount - Alma Residence by p l a s m a studio

Paramount - Alma Residence by p l a s m a studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This project was conceived to fulfill a two-part problematic: (1) Residence Alma--a Tyrolean guest house with 6 holiday apartments from the 1960s adorned with a pitched roof--was due for a common circulation and service core, and (2) the project architect, Ulla Hell, was looking for a new home for her young family of five in the mountain community of Sesto, Alto Adige.


The result: an under-utilized roof space gave way to an angular crown, connected to a ground floor reception space and architectural office by the host’s renovated spine.

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Calin Birzu's comment, September 18, 2013 1:40 PM
Lauren, I find out, that your projects is very good. I like it. I m an artist (restorer), and I think that architecture is an art conception. Thanks
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Luxury Apartment Living Goes Green...

Luxury Apartment Living Goes Green... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
In urban areas across the country, young professionals are clamoring for close-in, transit-oriented apartments that are as high-performance as they are luxurious.

In fact, nearly one-fifth of them will pay more for a green residence, according to a recent survey, and developers are responding with posh rental communities that encompass energy efficiency, healthy indoor air, and a walkable lifestyle.

Visit the link for six recently completed projects that provide sustainable, stylish multifamily living...

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H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio

H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

314 Architecture Studio designed the H.2 Residence in a suburb of Athens, Greece. The building consists of three residential areas; each residence has two small bedrooms and one master. Outside the building, an atrium provides light to secondary areas of the house while working as a funnel for the exit of hot air to reduce energy consumption during the summer months.

The bioclimatic design and the positioning of the building with fixed louvers and the design of their exposures saves natural heating energy, while the connection between the building and water creates a natural cooling. The houses are equipped with underfloor heating systems and the materials used in floors and walls are natural. The colors and materials of this building are used to create a sense of harmony, modernity and at the same time luxury while the sculptures of Gianni Aspra dominated the walls of living rooms creating emotions and abstract mood. Finally the roof gardens with glass stairwells offer unlimited view of Argosaronic...

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Coastal Residence by Boora Architects

Coastal Residence by Boora Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This coastal residence is an exploration in erasing boundaries between indoors and out. Sited on the Oregon Coast, the 2,865 square-foot home opens to the natural landscape with 180-degree views. The design employs a duality of openness and expansive views with spaces that are private and quiet.

The residence is organized in three parts, joined in U-shape formation around a central courtyard fronting the view.

The upper floor in the largest of the two buildings is extensively glass-walled. Windows crescendo from 8 to 15-feet tall at the most outward facing point. A large covered deck extends the indoor footprint by nearly an additional 1/3, joining the massing of the residence, framing an outdoor invisible wall. The lower level is more private, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a flex room–a space that converts open living area into a guest bedroom by pulling two eight-foot sliding hemlock accordion pocket panels to form walls. Native Shore Pines with a dwarfed growth habit shelter the lower level with privacy. On the upper level, the experience is one of suspension as one’s feet are just slightly above the treeline...

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Connected to the Outdoors: A Modern House with a Modular Folding Wall

Connected to the Outdoors: A Modern House with a Modular Folding Wall | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This unique residence by Pitsou Kedem Architects gives inhabitants the ability to control light entering the space with a modular facade design that also provides for changing views and varying degrees of privacy.


With great attention paid to the relations between outdoors and indoors, this structure has been designed to convert the interior space into the outdoors with great modularity while retaining its simple and clean detailing. The most fascinating views of this residence take place when the pivot shutters open, allowing one to look straight through the interiors to the rear pool side beyond without any restrictions. Standing in the front garden, one is able to look out to the rear landscape connecting the two outside spaces.

The ability to reverse the balanced composition into a dynamic one is made possible thanks to the design of a system of smart blinds that allows them to be lifted upwards and folded into what resembles a roof. As all the rails and fixtures are hidden when the façade is closed, the changing possibilities also hide in the residence's façade. ..

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Hillside Residence Taking Advantage Of The Surroundings

Hillside Residence Taking Advantage Of The Surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Part of a hillside housing project named Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle and located in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, this stunning modern residence benefits from panoramic views over the St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountainscape. Known as Malbaie VI Marée Basse, the two story residential development was designed by Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and completed last September.

Occupying 3,200 square foot, two cedar shingle volumes are perfectly positioned for massive sunlight intake and provide the owners with beautiful panoramas from multiple vantage points.

A terrace the inhabitants stay strongly connected to the surroundings.

Under the house’s green roof, bedrooms occupy the higher level and social spaces, the lower one. On the ground floor, a red metal spiral staircase visually connecting the open floor plan. Cedar ceilings pierced by lights float over radiant concrete floors, bounding the interior design together...

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Energy Efficient Surfside Residence by Stelle Architects

Energy Efficient Surfside Residence by Stelle Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Stelle Architects have completed another project in the town of Bridgehampton, NY. Surfside. The private residence rests steps away from the shore, in an exposed Atlantic-Ocean environment. and is well integrated in its landscape.

The architects describe the project as a “simple rectangular pavilion clinging to the dunes where water meets land. The volume is opened up to the waterside with large expanses of glass contrasting with a more solid but punctured façade to the street side. The house is secured against the power of the ocean with a steel frame work. Materials were chosen for their strength and durability against the salt water environment. Natural ventilation maximizes the ocean breezes, limiting mechanical cooling. Photovoltaic cells, hot water panels and geothermal heat pumps capture natural energy, reducing energy demand“.

The residence consists of a main unit, guest annexe, garage for two cars and a swimming pool. Interiors are elegant. the simple finishes requiring little maintenance.

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